Editorial: Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe key to region's future

"One of the most dynamic, best organized, best financed, most public-spirited and capable organizations involved in Jefferson County is not formally based here.

Instead, it’s just across the county line, in Clallam County – Blyn, to be precise. But, it is deeply interwoven with life here and across the North Olympic Peninsula. And, its influence is growing.

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has thousands of years of residency throughout the land only recently named Jefferson and Clallam counties, and across what is now called the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The Jamestown S’Klallams are among the nation’s best examples of how a small but determined people, guided by self-reliance and patience, can become a powerful engine for two seemingly conflicting forces: reconnecting to the past and advancing boldly into the future. With fewer than 600 enrolled tribal citizens and starting with no federal assistance, the Jamestown S’Klallams have built up an impressive enterprise."

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EDITORIAL: Jamestown S'Klallams: Peninsula's past and future (The Port Townsend Leader 4/15)

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